The Cody library and the Park County Archives will host an author talk, book signing and book sale with Bob Richard at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“Fleet Admiral Nimitz & Naval War Heroes’ Historic Wyoming & Yellowstone National Park Visit” is Richard’s most recent book.
“Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Chief of Naval operations, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, of Antarctic fame and other high ranking naval officers will arrive in Cody Saturday evening for a short stay as guests of Senator and Mrs. E.V. Robertson. Jack Richard, former Enterprise editor and secretary to Senator Robertson, will accompany the party to Cody,” The Cody Enterprise, dated Wed. July 24, 1946.
Richard was there. He was 9-years-old when he and his cousin Jody rode their steed Princy out to the North Fork highway to intercept the visiting war heroes. He never forgot meeting Adm. Nimitz and shaking hands with those naval officers.
The officers’ Wyoming tour began with Cheyenne Frontier Days and culminated on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Photographer Jack Richard; artist Edward Grigware; pioneer oil man, philanthropist and Mayor Paul Stock; outdoorsman and fisherman Dr. Victor R. Dacken; Sheriff Frank Blackburn and then Enterprise owner Ernest Shaw met them in West Yellowstone. Together they toured Yellowstone National Park fishing, swimming and boating on their way to “Buffalo Bill Country” in Cody.
Nimitz was thoroughly charmed by the Codyites. He and his staff were feted at the Hoodoo Ranch, Irma Lake Lodge and the Burlington Inn.
“In Cody you have a town which America can truly be proud of. The warm friendliness of the people of Cody is something we shall never forget. Rarely have I seen it equaled. Never outdone,” Nimitz said.
Richard brings his considerable skill as a historian to bear on this project. In the course of his research, he availed himself of the Cody reference library and Buffalo Bill Center of the West locally. Park County archivist Robyn Cutter provided indispensable assistance. Further afield the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., and the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, were invaluable. The book is amply illustrated and is a treasure trove of Jack Richard photos.
Visit codytoyellowstone.com for more of Richard’s local histories and guides.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Cody Library. Library programs are free and open to the public.